The Greek term from which we get our word “apocalypse” means “unveiling” or “revelation.” As a piece of apocalyptic literature, Revelation reveals something to the world that could not have otherwise been known. Such revelation is so great that it requires powerful, mysterious images to communicate it. Much is revealed in Revelation, and yet when the seven thunders speak, John is required to seal those words away. Why include this moment of obscurity in a book of revelation? Perhaps here we see the very essence of faith as that powerful combination of hope and uncertainty.